We’re excited to introduce this week’s Event 360 Teammate Spotlight. Enjoy a glimpse into the personal and professional life of Meredith Cleasby!
Position: Event Production Manager
Start Year: First start date was March 2005; Second start date was June 2015
What job did you hold right before you came to work at Event 360?
Prior to 2005: I was working in admissions at Boston University while getting my Master’s Degree
Prior to 2015: I was a Regional Director for Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Was there anything in particular that brought you to Event 360? I distinctly remember standing in the Day Zero check-in line at the 2002 Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day and thinking to myself, “I want to do something like this for a living!” I instantly fell in love with the caliber of people that participate in and staff our events.
If you weren’t working at Event 360 what would you be doing? I would run private events at my fiancé’s property and bake whoopie pies for fun. And yes, I will share my recipes.
Favorite part of your job? I love planning the puzzle that is a 3-Day’s route. I feel like an event archaeologist – uncovering new neighborhoods and unique locations that will hopefully surprise and delight our participants.
What do you like to do in your free time? I am an amateur triathlete so you’ll often find me swimming, biking or running. I also am an avid reader and relish an afternoon getting lost in a good story.
Most memorable event experience? There are so many… I still get misty when I think of reaching Mile 59 during my first 3-Day walk. I also fondly remember crewing the Philadelphia 3-Day with my mother. And then there are those unforgettable weather moments; 2009’s “Chilly Philly” 3-Day comes immediately to mind as do the many relocations we have had during the Boston 3-Day over the years. As I’ve often told participants, “Bad weather on the 3-Day is a challenge but it makes for a great story later over a glass of wine”.
You’re showing off your hometown to a friend who has never been to visit before. What’s on your must see/do/eat list? We’d get morning provisions from the farmer’s market at Casey Farm or grab a donut from Allie’s before making our way over to Block Island by ferry. Once back on the mainland, we’d head to Newport; taking in the sites along Ocean Drive and stretching our legs along the Cliff Walk. We’d have lunch at Brick Alley Pub and follow that up with a Del’s Lemonade or a Newport Creamery Awful Awful milkshake. Finally, we’d finish our day by watching the sunset at Castle Hill Inn, with drinks and dinner overlooking the Newport Bridge and beautiful Narragansett Bay.
On event, what three things are we guaranteed to find in your bag? Lip balm, a Sharpie, and my Leatherman
One word to describe Event 360? Family